The Philippine Navy’s order of surface-to-air missiles for its new warships has been delivered successfully. 

According to the naval warfare branch, the ammunition arrived at the Subic Bay International Airport on Friday (October 8). 

The order, which contains Mistral 3 short-range missiles from France’s MBDA, will be for the air defense systems of the new Jose Rizal-class warships—BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151).

The Navy said the arrival of the missiles will boost the country’s air warfare capability and improve the maritime operations of the warships. 

“Surface-to-air missiles are among the primary weapons of FF150 and FF151 that bolster the PN’s air warfare capability,” Navy Public Affairs Chief Cdr. Benjo Negranza explained. 

“The arrival of these missiles will greatly capacitate our JRC frigates in the conduct of their maritime operations,” he added. 

Apart from this order, the Navy is also waiting on surface-to-surface missiles it commissioned from South Korea’s LIG Nex 1, which is scheduled to arrive early next year. 

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